The final play of the game took up a lot of room in the game story, but here’s a little on Charlie Morton’s first start of the game. He was somewhat disappointed in how it went, mainly because of the second inning in which the Giants scored two to tie the game.
“It was just a mediocre outing,” he said. “Kind of squandered the offense that we had. We had an opportunity to win that game early so to give a lead up, it’s just not good.”
Morton saw mostly left-handed hitters, and he did say he was pleased with how he was able to adjust to them.
“I threw a lot of cutters, a lot of curveballs,” he said. “After the second inning I might have thrown one or two sinkers. I was forcing the cutter in and I think it was a good adjustment, but instead of doing that I’d like to throw my sinker in some of those counts. Maybe a front-door sinker just to keep the feel going for it.”
Morton threw 71 pitches, 50 for strikes.
= Clint Barmes was ready and waiting to talk to reporters tonight, despite ample time and opportunity to sneak off and not deal with us. That isn’t always the case with professional athletes, and we generally point out when guys who impacted the game negatively don’t stick around afterward. Credit where credit’s due.
= Also lost in the ninth-inning goings-on…Watson, Cruz and Grilli all did a solid job in relief in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, respectively. Cruz still has an ERA of 0.00. Resop took the loss (0-1) but is also at 0.00. Watson’s at 3.38 and Grilli is at 2.25.
= Pirates were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position tonight. They were 0-for-14 before that going back to Andrew McCutchen’s hit against the Phillies on Sunday.